Thursday, February 6, 2014

Operation Nice February

Something funny happens when we get online and interact with others in a virtual space. We seem to forget that we are interacting with real people. Not being able to see those we are interacting with doesn't make them any less human or vulnerable than if they were standing in front of us. Time and time again I see comments, posts, tweets, etc. that are not only rude but hurtful, even hateful.

I was thrilled when I came across the idea of Operation Nice February on Amy Poehler's Smart Girls Facebook page. This campaign is dedicated to creating an internet where we come together and remember the humanness of the person at the other end of the internet connection.

Here are your Operation Nice February guidelines from Smart Girls:

From Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

Apply these rules not only to your online interactions, but in your real life as well. If we all practiced these guidelines daily, and especially when we feel at our worst, we can make the world a better place. Don't limit your Operation Nice February to just this month though. Spread the niceness all year round!

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